Super Bowl Halftime does not disappoint

Samantha McCormick, Staff Writer

 

We all look forward to Super Bowl Sunday for two reasons: football and the halftime show — and this year did not disappoint (well, unless you’re a Patriots fan). With remarkable performances from Madonna, Nicki Minaj and M.I.A., along with LMFAO and Cee Lo Green, what’s not to love?

Madonna opened the Egyptian-themed show with “Vogue,” a song that brought us all back to our childhood bedrooms, singing into hairbrushes and dancing around. Don’t deny it; we all did it.

“Vogue” was not the only chart-topping hit that Madonna brought back to life. She also sang “Music”, which segued into an odd duet with LMFAO. The artists collaborated on LMFAO hits “Party Rock Anthem” and “Sexy and I Know It.” Pop queen Madonna paired with a couple of guys who talk about being sexy with a passion in their pants was not the ideal duet that I imagined.

The show just got better when Nicki Minaj and M.I.A. joined Madonna to sing their new song “Give Me All Your Luvin’.” It was a cheerleading-themed performance that reminded me of a 2005 Gwen Stefani singing “Hollaback Girl.” I’m certain “Give Me All Your Luvin’” will soon be an overplayed radio tune that we can’t get out of our heads, but for now, it’s not that bad of a song to listen to.

There might not have been a wardrobe malfunction this year courtesy of Ms. Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake, but M.I.A. did manage to flip off the camera as she was singing, an incident I did not even notice until it hit the Internet the next day.

The last song of the show, performed by Madonna and Cee Lo Green, was one of Madonna’s biggest hits, “Like a Prayer,” and I cannot think of a better song to close the show with. I wasn’t sure how well Madonna and Cee Lo Green would fit together, but it was really amazing. In fact, it was one of the best duets that I have heard in a long time.

In the end, the halftime show was full of epic performances (“Like a Prayer” being the best) that will go down in halftime history (the one exception was LMFAO, who didn’t seem to fit well with Madonna at all). I would give the whole show four out of five stars. Let’s be honest, you can’t go wrong with Madonna and her hairbrush-singing songs.